April, 2020

Letter: More men needed in early childhood education in Canada

by Jayden Aylward - Sarnia - Canada
I am a second-year student in the early childhood education program at Lambton College and want to address the lack of men in the field.

I believe more men want to get in this field but feel the stigma is pushing them away. They should be welcomed and wanted in caregiving positions.

According to the College of Early Childhood Educators, 1.4 per cent of registered ECEs are male.

MenTeach E-News - April 2020

MenTeach: COVID-19 has changed the way we interact, especially as teachers. How are you coping with the changes? Is your center or program still open? Send us an e-mail so we can share what is happening throughout the world.

1) What is it like to be a male teacher in early education?
2) Summit for male students of color discusses the difficulties they face in going to college — and finishing
3) Black Male Educators In St. Louis Have A Formula For Boosting Their Numbers
4) Why Men of Color Like Me Are Leaving the Classroom

Dundee Scotland equalities champion: More men should work in nurseries

by Jon Brady - Evening Telegraph
Councillor Lynne Short has called on council officers to ramp up efforts to recruit a greater number of men into the city’s nurseries.

Official figures from the Scottish Social Services Council, which manages Scotland’s early years workforce, shows just 2% of it is male.

The rates vary from as much as 8% of creche staff being male to as little as 1% working in playgroups.

Indiana Early education could soon be facing a major teacher shortfall

by Katiera Winfrey - WISHTV
To combat that, two local nonprofits — Early Learning Indiana and the Educate Me foundation — are partnering to get more minority men in classrooms in Indianapolis. The organizations are offering fellowships to make it happen. Application are being accepted. It’s a pilot program but the minority men selected will be put through training before shadowing in the classroom.

Zacharay Ferguson is a giant next to his preschool students, but somehow he can come down to their size. They call him Mr. Zack.

Editorial: A Male Teaching in a Pandemic

By Joe Raygor - St. Croix Falls School District
I teach because of the relationships formed with my students. I enjoy the curriculum and the data part of the job, but the relationships formed with the students is why I do it. I like kids. Distance learning has changed my daily routine and that's frustrating. But overall, day by day we'll get through this and we'll be back face to face strengthening those relationships again.

My School

Teaching, Preaching: DeKalb Educator Raps For Student Enrichment

The 21st
Maurice McDavid raps to teach and connect with his students. McDavid is an Assistant Principal at Cortland Elementary School near DeKalb.

McDavid says writing has always been a way for him to express himself, and that he's been rapping for as long as he can remember. He says he creates raps for his students about everything from proper bus etiquette to knowing when to keep their hands to themselves.

'From Oprah to Ellen': Call Me MISTER celebrates 20 years of fostering Black male teachers

by Zoe Nicholson - Greenville News
In April 2001, former Clemson University and NFL football player Jeff Davis sat on a soundstage in Chicago across from talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Davis was on Winfrey's widely popular daytime talk show to receive the "Use Your LIfe" award for his involvement in the Call Me Mister program, an initiative aimed at increasing the number of black male teachers in South Carolina.

Kenya: Ensure gender balance in teacher training colleges to attain equity

By Benjamin Sogomo - Daily Nation - Kenya
In the past 10 years, there has been a downward trend in enrolment of male candidates to teacher training colleges at the primary school level. I've heard from a number of principals that, in some colleges, female students comprise two-thirds to three-quarters of the total number.